Category: medical news

“Making Peace with Cannabis” by Zach Walsh, PhD, Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychology

This TEDx Talk is titled “Making Peace with Cannabis“. It features Zach Walsh, PhD, who is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychology and Co-Director for the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law. He is also involved in a current study at UBC which is investigating treating PTSD using Medical Cannabis.

Video is courtesy of the TEDx Talks YouTube channel

How injecting THC and injecting Placebo into veins causes Paranoia, per the results of a poorly designed Oxford University Research Study

Oxford University had posted a News Post titled : “How cannabis causes paranoia”.

Clearly a poorly designed study or one designed to give a negative impression of Cannabis. The study was not about the normal use of Cannabis. It was a study where participants were injected with THC. In the Real World, no one does that.

First of all, they injected THC directly into the veins of participants. IN the Real World, Cannabis users “Do Not” consume Cannabis in that manner. They were only testing THC and not Cannabis. THC is a chemical found in Cannabis, but there are also other chemicals in the Cannabis Plant.

When you smoke or eat Cannabis, it takes time to consume the Joint or Muffin. It takes time for the THC (and other chemicals) to get into the bloodstream. The brain is slowly affected.

When you inject THC, (which “no one” does in the real world) your brain gets hit by the psychoactive chemical THC all at once. There are other Cannabinoids and other chemicals in Cannabis when smoked or eaten. Those other chemicals work with the THC. This test does not represent Cannabis. It represents Injecting THC.

Clearly this was a poorly designed Research Study.

I have never heard of people becoming Paranoid after smoking a joint. Getting the Giggles and laughing at stupid stuff – yes. Getting the Munchies and having a group order Pizza to be delivered – yes. Paranoia – nada.

A clear example is concerts. If you step off to the sidelines and look up you will see a haze of smoke rising from the audience. They are smoking Cannabis – it also has a specific fragrance. I remember Maple Leaf Gardens – same thing rising above the Audience. If large numbers of people were all experiencing Paranoia, they would be running for the exits (or at least a large number would). That has never happened. I have attended and photographed a heck of a lot of concerts and have never seen a mass exit of the audience after they smoked their Cannabis. They all seemed to dance and have fun and enjoyed the music.

Coachella, A recent outdoor concert in the California had an area where free Cannabis was available (to eat and smoke) to those with VIP tickets. Not one single person ran out of that area, because the Cannabis supposedly, as per the failed Oxford study, caused Paranoia.

The other rather interesting thing about that Oxford study is that 30% of the Placebo group “also experienced Paranoia” after being injected with Placebo.

Seems to me that participants lacked Trust in what was being injected into their arms. 50% of those injected with THC experienced Paranoid thoughts. 30% of the participants who were injected with a Placebo also experienced Paranoid thoughts. This is not a normal type of result for a Placebo Group. Interesting how the report of the study did not go into why the 30% of those injected with Placebo had experienced Paranoid thoughts…

I’ll give an example to clarify. Say you wanted to do a study of the effects of drinking two glasses of Red Cabernet Wine each day with your supper. Clearly injecting the equivalent amount of alcohol found in two glasses of Red Wine (12% Alcohol by volume) directly into study participants veins would have a totally different effect than drinking two glasses of wine with supper. No one would design such a sham of study and proclaim the results show the negative effect of drinking two glasses of Red Wine with your supper. Yet this is what was done in the above noted Oxford Study. They injected THC and their News Post was then titled “How Cannabis Causes Paranoia”. They only tested THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid found in Cannabis). They “did not test” using Cannabis. The THC was injected directly into the bloodstream of the participants. No Cannabis was ingested or smoked by the participant. Actually “no Cannabis was ever used” by the Oxford study participants.

That study was funded by the National Health Dept. Medical use of Cannabis is banned by the National Dept of Health. If one wants future Research Funding, does one rock the boat?

Click on this link to visit the University of Oxford website to read their News post titled “How Cannabis Causes Paranoia”.

Here is the URL incase the link has issues: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2014-07-16-how-cannabis-causes-paranoia

They could also have called the article
How injecting Placebo causes Paranoia.

Posted by Vincent Banial

Black Pepper Oil inhibited Cancer Cells proliferation by 3.5-86.8%.

Posted by Vincent Banial

The Medical Research Study was conducted by Bioactive Natural Products and Phytoceuticals, Department of Horticulture and National Food Safety and Toxicology Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824, USA. The results were authored by Liu Y1, Yadev VR, Aggarwal BB, Nair MG.

Study “results suggest that black pepper and its constituents like hot pepper, exhibit anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer activities“.

The extracts of black pepper at 200 microg/mL and its compounds at 25 microg/mL inhibited LPO by 45-85%, COX enzymes by 31-80% and cancer cells proliferation by 3.5-86.8%.

Abstract

“Black pepper (Piper nigrum) and hot pepper (Capsicum spp.) are widely used in traditional medicines. Although hot Capsicum spp. extracts and its active principles, capsaicinoids, have been linked with anticancer and anti-inflammatory activities, whether black pepper and its active principle exhibit similar activities is not known. In this study, we have evaluated the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities of extracts and compounds from black pepper by using proinflammatory transcription factor NF-kappaB, COX-1 and -2 enzymes, human tumor cell proliferation and lipid peroxidation (LPO). The capsaicinoids, the alkylamides, isolated from the hot pepper Scotch Bonnet were also used to compare the bioactivities of alkylamides and piperine from black pepper. All compounds derived from black pepper suppressed TNF-induced NF-kappaB activation, but alkyl amides, compound 4 from black pepper and 5 from hot pepper, were most effective. The human cancer cell proliferation inhibitory activities of piperine and alklyl amides in Capsicum and black pepper were dose dependant. The inhibitory concentrations 50% (IC50) of the alklylamides were in the range 13-200 microg/mL. The extracts of black pepper at 200 microg/mL and its compounds at 25 microg/mL inhibited LPO by 45-85%, COX enzymes by 31-80% and cancer cells proliferation by 3.5-86.8%. Overall, these results suggest that black pepper and its constituents like hot pepper, exhibit anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer activities.”.

Click on this line to visit the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health PubMed site to read about this research titled “Inhibitory effects of black pepper (Piper nigrum) extracts and compounds on human tumor cell proliferation, cyclooxygenase enzymes, lipid peroxidation and nuclear transcription factor-kappa-B.

Dr.William Courtney, discusses how a massive Inoperable Brain Tumor was remarkably reduced after the 8-month-old baby underwent treatment of Cannabis Oil placed on it’s pacifier.

Cannabis Oil helped an 8-month-old baby with an Inoperable Brain Tumor, said Dr.William Courtney during this taped interview with the Huffington Post.

The Parents “were putting Cannabinoid Oil on the baby’s pacifier twice a day, increasing the dose… And within two months there was a dramatic reduction”.

Dr. Courtney pointed out that the success of the Cannabis approach means that “this child, because of that, is not going to have the long-term side effects that would come from a very high dose of chemotherapy or radiation“”.

Video is courtesy of the Lincoln Horsley YouTube channel

Click on this link to visit the Huffington Post website to read their article about this “Miracle Baby” which was titled “Cannabis For Infant’s Brain Tumor, Doctor Calls Child “A Miracle Baby”“.

Posted by Vincent Banial

 

Researchers found that those who took acetaminophen showed a reduction in empathy.

A new Research Study out of The Ohio State University found that those who took acetaminophen showed a reduction in empathy. They weren’t as concerned about another person’s person’s hurt feelings. The Study was published on May 05 2016 in the journal “Social Congitive and Affective Neuroscience, which is one of the Oxford Journals.

Video is courtesy of the Fox Business YouTube channel

Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in the over the counter pain relief medication called Tylenol.

 

The authors of the study were:

Baldwin Way

Dominik Mischkowski

and Jennifer Crocker

 

Click on this line to visit the Oxford Journals site to view the Study Abstract
From Painkiller to Empathy Killer: Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) Reduces Empathy for Pain

 

Posted by: Vincent Banial
http://www.uniquelytoronto.com

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